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20 Ways to Detox Your House

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No shoes in the house (as most household dirt, pesticides and lead come in on your shoes). Go barefoot or wear slippers.
Place floor mats vertically by your entryways to wipe your shoes. This way more dirt and residue from your shoes stays outside on the mat

Keep the air clean. Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers. Remove odors with baking soda. Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms. Have your air ducts and vents cleaned with nontoxic cleaners. Get a portable air cleaner/purifier, especially for the bedrooms.

Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones. These don’t damage your health or the environment’s as much and work as well as the mass marketed ones. You can also use basic ingredients you have around the house, for instance, vinegar in place of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. According to Annie Bond, the author of “Better Basics For The Home,” she can clean anything with water and these five basic ingredients: Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Distilled White Vinegar, Vegetable based liquid Soap eg Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap and Tea Tree oil.

Replace your skin care and personal products with less toxic and chemical free options. Deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, hair products, nail polish and perfumes are often loaded with toxins. Learn how to identify them and avoid them.

Use plastics wisely (as some contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to cancer and Phtalates, which are linked to endocrine and developmental problems). Avoid plastic food packaging (when you can). Don’t wrap food in plastic. Don’t microwave food in plastic containers. Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Avoid vinyl teethers for your baby. Stay away from children’s toys marked with a “3″ or “PVC.” Avoid plastic shower curtains.

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9:32AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Although we know most of these, some had slipped by - thank you!

1:34PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thanks for this.

Aren't certain plants supposed to be especially good for helping detox an atmosphere? (My peace lily recently gave up the ghost after six years. It had been a birthday present from my dad, so I hope it's not symbolic... I'm wondering what sort of plant to get next.)

2:28AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

xx

9:39PM PDT on May 2, 2011

I like the no emotional toxicity comment.

7:02PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Very useful advice. Thanks!

9:22AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

open your windows and let some wind blow through

7:23PM PDT on Sep 26, 2010

THANKS!
please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/eco-cleaners/

Thank you!

10:04PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Great info!! Thanks!

12:06PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Can I use tea tree oil for cleaning? How? Can't use euclalyptus(sp) hubby hates the smell. Always use baking soda, washing soda and vinegar.Just like grandma

1:57PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Thanks for all the great ideas

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